International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ)
Water quality is intrinsically linked with human health, poverty reduction, gender equality, food security, livelihoods and the preservation of ecosystems as well as economic growth and social development of our societies. Water quality problems represent a major challenge in both developing and developed countries. Technical, institutional, policy and financial challenges still remain to be addressed despite global efforts and initiatives to improve access to safe water and improve water quality and wastewater management.
UNESCO-IHP IIWQ supports Member States in protecting and sustainably managing the quality of freshwater resources in making progress towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals by mobilizing scientific and policy-relevant expertise and knowledge sharing to address water quality challenges.
The International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) of UNESCO-IHP is a programme aimed at promoting scientific collaboration to address water quality issues in a holistic manner through joint research activities, knowledge generation and dissemination, and sharing of effective solutions, technologies, policy approaches and best practices among researchers, practitioners and policy-makers as well as among other stakeholders in both developing and developed countries.